CBS Orders More Christy Episodes

Although not on the CBS television fall schedule, Christy will be waiting in the wings with 13 new episodes as a midseason replacement.

Christy, based on the book by Catherine Marshall (CT, April 4, 1994, p. 90), aired in two two-hour and four one-hour episodes in April and May. The Easter debut placed fifth in the Nielsen ratings. Ratings for the remaining Thursday-night run, though far from spectacular, were the highest CBS has had in the time slot for the past six years.

Although the network will not release figures, Christy executive producer Ken Wales says CBS has never had so many phone calls and letters from viewers praising a show. Production for the new episodes began last week in Tennessee with the same cast.

For the show to be a prolonged success, Wales says the network must be convinced that more than Christians will watch the program. Christy’s demographics are weakest in urban areas and among the viewers aged 18 to 35.

Talent Hunt Ends Homelessness

Two years ago, San Diego businessman Rex Neilson began looking for talented homeless people—those pushing shopping carts, sleeping under bridges, and eating in shelters—who could sing. The result is a 12-cut album, Voice of the Homeless, featuring 27 homeless singers. Thanks in large part to proceeds from record sales and concert tickets, all but one of the singers now is self-sufficient.

The music ranges from country-western to jazz to rap. Neilson, who sold an automotive business to start his own record company, has poured $100, 000 into the project.

The album, with half the songs written by homeless people, received a favorable review in Billboard. The original songs tell about poverty, unemployment, alcoholism, and divorce. ...

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